In 2012, the Alberta Provincial government changed the election legislation. Beginning with the election in October 2013, municipal elections will be held every four years on the third Monday in October, rather than the current three-year terms for the Mayor and Aldermen (soon to be called Councillors).
The same bill also made some changes to campaign financing and reporting, and now requires mandatory voter identification to strengthen the integrity of the voting process.
The change to a 4-year election cycle means a change for the City of Calgary: we currently operate on a 3-year business plan and budget cycle which features the opportunity for citizen and Council input and direction in the first year of each cycle. If we were to continue with the 3-year budget cycle, but 4-year elections, the process would fall out of sync and only line up every 12 years!
A survey of Calgarians was done through Our City. Our Budget. Our Future., to gather citizen input into any changes to the process. The survey ended in February 2013, and Council approved a Modified 4-Year Cycle option in April. If you participated in the survey, thank you for being engaged in helping us build a better Calgary!
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